International Sawfish Day

October 17, 2018


About Sawfish

About International Sawfish Day

International Sawfish Day was established as a collaboration between the Sawfish Species Survial Plan (SSP) of  the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria  (EAZA ) studbook program as well research and conservation organizations to highlight endangered sawfish and the challenges they face in our world's oceans.

Join us in Celebrating Sawfish

Each year International Sawfish Day is celebrated on October 17th. Share messages on social media or plan an event of your own!  Planning an event of any size can be simple.  Click here to find some ideas and resources to help plan your event!



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More About Sawfish

Additional Information

  •  The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists all 5 species of sawfish as endangered on their Red List www.iucnredlist.org The green sawfish (Pristis zijsron), the smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata), and the largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis) are listed as Critically Endangered and the narrow sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata), and the dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata) are listed as Endangered.
  • In the United States, all Sawfishes are protected under the Endangered Species Act and they are listed by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) on Appendix I which restricts their trade. 
  • There is still hope! In areas such as the State of Florida, where sawfishes have been protected for many years, their numbers are slowly increasing! 
  • You can help by learning more about sawfish and the fragile marine ecosystems they inhabit, and by contributing to sawfish research and conservation efforts. 

Learn More

For more information about Sawfish biology, research and conservation, visit the website of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group http://www.iucnssg.org/conservation-strategies-sawfish.html or the Sawfish Conservation Society's website www.sawfishconservationsociety.org a   To report a sawfish sighting  visit the International Sawfiish Encounter Database    https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/sawfish/ 

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Contact Us

Join us in celebrating Sawfish every day! Contact us to find out more about Sawfish biology, research and conservation, and ways to get our message to your friends and family. Use the hashtag #IntlSawfishDay when sharing on social media.

International Sawfish Day